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An introductory course on Canada's social welfare system. Emphasis is on pursuing a critical analysis of Canada's existing social welfare programs and institutions. Attention is given to the history of society's response to meeting human needs, to varying theoretical perspectives and motivations for forming the social welfare system in Canada. Required for admission to the Social Work program.
An introductory course addressing key concepts and contemporary issues in professional social work practice in Canada. The ethical underpinnings of the profession along with micro, mezzo and macro levels of intervention will be discussed and an emphasis placed on their application to diverse populations of practice in the Canadian setting. Required for admission to the Social Work program.
A study of the empirical method to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to design and implement elementary research projects. Students will also learn how to evaluate research reports to be able to utilize the results in their professional practice. Required for admission to the Social Work program.
An introduction to common approaches to statistical analysis including descriptive statistics, the normal curve, hypothesis testing, univariate regression and various measures of association. It includes an introduction to the use of SPSS software for data analysis. Required for admission to the Social Work program.
A conceptual, theoretical and applied examination of the generalist model of social work practice informed by ethics and framed within an anti-oppressive context. Students will also be introduced to the emotional, intellectual and personal characteristics required to be effective in pursuing a social work career. Required for admission to the Social Work program.
Students are introduced to a number of contemporary theories that underlie the practice of social work. A communications laboratory offers a small group experiential means of learning foundational communication and interviewing skills. Required for admission to the Social Work program.
This course describes and analyzes multiculturalism as a unique feature of Canadian society. The roots and dynamics of Canada's multiculturalism will be examined as will the issue of racism and the challenges involved in confronting racist attitudes and practices, especially in the human services' sector. Understanding and communication in a culturally diverse context will also be addressed, especially as regards human service workers.
Social, educational, work-related, and economic trends affecting children and their families. Focus on how these trends have been turned into "issues" and "problems" by various advocacy and service groups, agencies, and government bodies. Resulting advocacy, program and policy interventions will be examined.
This course will provide the opportunity to develop direct practice skills within a strengths-based and critically reflective framework, building upon foundational interviewing skills developed in pre-program courses and learning and practising the skills of engagement, use of self, goal setting, as well as the production of written assessments and recordings.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.
A critical inquiry lens examines dominant cultural discourse(s) in fields of practice to acquire critical thinking and reflective skills for practice. Institutional discourse delivery systems are investigated from the perspective of the practicing social worker engaged in critical appraisal of practice at intersection of client, social worker and institutional setting.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the professional BSW (Honors) program, or permission of the School.
Introduces and examines human growth and development within socio/ecological and family contexts. Multiple theoretical frameworks will engage students in assessment of how individuals function during everyday social life within families, communities and cultures. Emphasis placed on the combination of personal and social conditions that enhance or inhibit adaptive developmental functioning.
An analysis of major political, social and economic aspects of Canadian society relevant to the development and implementation of social welfare policies and the practice of Social Work. This course will include an emphasis on globalization, the role of the media as an interpreter, and practice elements such as advocacy, coalition building, lobbying, and political involvement.
This course explores various practice approaches in working with individuals and families. Assessment and intervention skills, techniques and methods are emphasized within a broader structural, social, economic, and political context.
The scope of this course includes values, knowledge and skills related to developmental and change processes at the community level in Canadian society. Students will focus particularly on theory and practice relevant to fostering knowledge about "community" and competency in dealing with issues at the "community" level.
This course engages students in a process of ethical reasoning relevant to professional social work practice. Theories of ethical reasoning are explored in day-to-day practice and in confronting controversial social issues affecting vulnerable populations. Legislation, court systems and procedures are examined in the light of their ethical and legal aspects.
A beginning, structured, practice experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. Bi-weekly seminars focusing on integration of practice issues and theory.
Antirequisite(s): Social Work 3350B.
Corequisite(s): Second-term Social Work courses.
An examination of group structure, process, skills and development as they relate to theory and practice. Emphasis on understanding relationships between structural elements, interactional sequences, group purpose and functions; relationship between group process and group task activities will be examined in depth, including conflict resolution in group settings.
This course explores diversity in the context of anti-oppressive practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels. A critical theoretical perspective is used to examine conceptual frameworks related to diversity, such as social inclusion and multiculturalism. Students will learn culturally competent approaches to working with individuals and diverse communities.
A beginning, structured, practice experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. The opportunity for integration of practice issues and theory will be incorporated to coordinate with the student's practicum schedule.
An advanced, structured, practice experience in selected human service agencies which reflects demonstrable competency in professional practice. Bi-weekly seminars focusing on integration of practice issues and theory.
An examination of the agency as the context for professional practice. Provides an overview of various organizational structures and processes, and considers such work-related topics as supervision, personnel policies, employee motivation, performance appraisal, life-long learning, and worker stress and professional burn out.
Prerequisite(s): All third-year Social Work courses.
Corequisite(s): Social Work 4400.
Exploration of theoretical frameworks and required competencies to assess, understand and intervene in families where children may be at risk of maltreatment or neglect. Emphasis on knowledge and skills applicable to delivery of child protection services in a multicultural environment.
With a formal government commitment to Multiculturalism, Canada's institutions and services are being challenged to respond to the reality of the cultural and linguistic diversity of the population. This course explores the roots and characteristics of this cultural diversity, and examines issues and skills relevant to the provision of human services.
This course provides an overview of current theories and practices within the area of transnational social work. This will involve critically reflecting on the effects of globalization and the corresponding implications for social
work at all levels of practice across cultural borders locally and internationally.
Antirequisite(s):Social Work 4423A/B taken in 2014-15 and 2013-14; Social Work 4478B taken in 2012-2013.
Qualitative and quantitative research approaches required to evaluate practice at case and program levels for best practices and competence in conducting practice-based research. Topics include: evidence-based practice and research, models of evaluation, measurement principles and tools, formative and summative evaluation, data collection strategies, analysis of planned change, dissemination of findings.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the BSW (Honors) program and completion of 3rd year requirements
An examination of the addiction field with a focus on addiction as oppression. The use, misuse, and abuse of psychoactive substances will be examined from a biopsychosocial perspective. The course will review addiction-specific and general community resources as well as the range of addiction-specific models of intervention and counselling.
Theoretical frameworks and required competencies to assess, understand and intervene in families where children may be at risk of maltreatment or neglect are explored at an advanced level. Knowledge and skills applicable to the delivery of child protection services in a multicultural environment will be emphasized.
Practice as it relates to specific populations and issues, such as: involuntary clients, rural populations, culturally diverse populations, native issues, lesbian/gay issues, and so on. Special topics to be selected by the instructor and students.
An examination of social, physiological, psychological, economic and cultural factors in aging, as required in Social Work practice with the aged. Current policies and services will be critically studied in relation to needs of the aged in our society.
An analysis of Social Work methodologies related to children and adolescents as vulnerable groups in society. Emphasis is on the use of specialized techniques with traumatized and bereaved children. Concepts of attachment, resilience, adaptation and coping are explored.
Integration of theory with social work practice in understanding the complexity of family violence as a major social concern. This course examines various forms of violence in families across the lifespan, including child, spousal and elder abuse. Issues related to cultural diversity, marginalization and social work practice are examined.
A key social work mandate is to promote and sustain social justice. The focus of this course is the link between Social Work and social transformation considering the profession's role in the formulation and ethical implementation of social action initiatives. The skills of social advocacy are also addressed.
The primary objective is to assist students to develop a range of conflict resolution strategies and apply them in professional contexts. Through understanding the principles of negotiation, mediation and advocacy, students develop a critical awareness of cooperative approaches to disputes. Issues of diversity and power will be highlighted.
A sound theoretical perspective of crisis intervention with clients experiencing chronic and acute crisis along with an understanding of practitioner intervention models will provide students with a foundation for crisis treatment that promotes optimal psychosocial client functioning.
Mental illness is prevalent in many fields of professional practice; for example, mental health centers, hospitals, child welfare agencies, correctional facilities, the education system, concurrent programs, geriatrics, developmental disabilities. This course provides students with an understanding of the basic concepts of mental illness to assist in assessment and treatment planning.